Numquam Obliviscamur – Let Us Never Forget

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Photo Credit: Deborah Cella

The striking images, depicting Manhattan scenes following the attack, line the halls of the art wing.

by Kaitlin Stansel, Social Media Editor

For the past thirteen years, the conjoined building of Glen Rock Middle School and High School has welcomed students carrying the scarring events of September 11th, 2001. Although some students were only a few months old, others a few years, each has a recollection of his or her own location as the planes and the Twin Towers fatally met, the result of a terrorist attack.

However, for the first year since the tragic occasion, Glen Rock Middle School welcomes the class of 2021 — a class that was not alive during one of the country’s gravest periods in time.

“9/11 is a horrific event that everyone assumes every person knows exactly about without further explanation.”

— Emily Rabens, Junior

In an attempt to memorialize the events, the lead teacher of the art department, teacher Deborah Cella, constructed an exhibit in the art wing commemorating the 9/11 aftermath.

The exhibit consists of a poem authored by a past middle school student and photographs taken by former art teacher at Glen Rock High School, Alan Sponzilli, depicting the Manhattan scenes following the horrendous attacks on the World Trade Center.

The exhibit came to be when Cella, who was taking inventory in a supply closet the day before the 13th anniversary of the attacks, stumbled onto the old photographs.

“I was motivated to create the exhibit because it helps us recall memories… it’s a national event that we should not forget,” said Cella.

The display served as an igniting force, one that caused a wave of remembrance for many.

“Attention should be brought to the exhibit because it enlightens students who do not remember the occasion,” said Christina Howie, junior. “It goes to show that 9/11 is truly never forgotten.”

The community’s overwhelming outreach in response to the exhibit has been remarkable. Since the creation of the display, Cella has received many emails requesting to see the collection of photographs.

“This exhibit was a beginning,” said Cella, who plans to continue this tradition.

Let us never forget.